Florida child dies after contracting flu, state health officials confirm

Florida child dies after contracting flu, state health officials confirm

They need two doses, given at least four weeks apart if it's their first time getting vaccinated.

The state's flu reporting season runs from September 1 to May 31.

A new survey suggests that many children may not be getting the potentially life-saving flu shot due to their parents' misconceptions about the safety and importance of vaccines. Not true. Flu vaccines contain either killed or weakened virus that are not capable of causing the flu.

Vaccinations have been shown to reduce a child's likelihood of dying from the flu by 60 percent, health department officials said.

"The department encourages everyone six months of age and older to get the flu shot, especially those at increased risk for complications from the flu", said a statement from Health and Community Services.

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Additionally, the poll found Edmontonians who do not plan to get the shot believe it will make them sick. There is no way you can get the flu. It's completely possible to pick up something - like a respiratory virus or even the flu - either right before or right after you got your shot, Schaffner says.

30 percent of the respondents thought flu shot is a conspiracy. It's true that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine varies from year to year because scientists have to do some guess work when formulating the vaccine and sometimes it's not the best match.

London Drugs said it had Insights West conduct the poll to end "common misconceptions" that prevent many Edmontonians from getting vaccinated. If you have ever had the flu, you'll do just about anything to keep from having it again.

'If you should feel sore more than a couple of days, contact your doctor'.

Eat healthy foods and get plenty of rest. It can also protect those around you who are vulnerable, such as the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

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